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How to Get More Work Done in a Week Than Most People Do in a Month
There's no single hack for getting more work done in less time, but instead a host of habits, and work systems can produce the best return on your time. Getting more work done is about knowing what to do, when to do it, and how to get it done in the shortest possible time to maximise the little time you have everyday.

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There are no productivity hacks

There are no productivity hacks

Habits and work systems can produce the best return on your time.

Getting more work done is about knowing what to do, when to do it, and how to get it done in order to maxi...

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Unimportant task are really just distractions

Unimportant task are really just distractions

Urgent but unimportant tasks = distractions.

Urgent tasks put us into constant “reply mode.” Important work is related to planned tasks that move us closer to our ...

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Interruptions break your flow

Interruptions break your flow

Anytime you are pulled away from your tasks, it takes time to readjust to them when you jump back in (sometimes it can take up to 25 minutes).

Interruptions (notifications,...

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Busy doesn't mean productive

Busy work makes you feel like you are moving quickly and being productive in the process. But the truth is you are not.

When you're busy, you're more likely to mak...

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Planning today for tomorrow

  1. Before the day ends, identify and write down the best actions you need to take tomorrow.
  2. Every morning, focus on completing your action list from yesterd...

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Choose three Most Important Tasks for each day, and focus completely on gettting them done within a specific time.

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Instead of following a to-do list, make a shorter one called "success list". Why make one?

  • It aims you in a specific direction
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If your to-do list contains everything, then it’s probably taking you everywhere but where you really want to go.

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The 4 Kinds of Priorities

The Decision Matrix on how to approach tasks has 4 quadrants:

  • Quadrant 1: The Urgent Problems which are important.
  • Quadrant 2: Not Urgent but important tasks
  • Quadrant 3: Urgent but not really important
  • Quadrant  4: Distractions and time-wasting tasks. 

Prioritize the important (Quadrant 2) to attain maximum benefit from your work.

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Ruthless prioritization

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Consolidate All of Your Tasks Into a Single Source

To-dos arrive from a variety of sources. Your boss sends you an email, you get a Slack message from IT, a bill arrives in the mail, or a coworker asks for a favor in the hallway.

In order to prioritize your task list efficiently, you need a master to-do list that contains all of the tasks you need to prioritize and complete from all of those sources.

Analyze Your Task List

Go through your list, review each task, and decide what you want to do with it. You have 4 options:

  • Do: complete the task now
  • Defer: complete it later
  • Delegate: assign it to someone else
  • Delete: remove it from your list

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